Barack Obama is being pressured by a team of activists to issue an executive order that would require the U.S. military to permit those individuals with a mental disturbance known as Gender Identity Disorder – including cross-dressers, drag queens, transsexuals, she-males and the so-called “intersexed” – to serve openly.
Lesbian, “gay,” bisexual and transgender activists only in the last few months have been successful in getting Congress to overturn a 1993 law banning homosexuals from open service in the military. That process still is continuing, as the change required military leaders to affirm there would be no problems with battle unit readiness and effectiveness.
Now spearheading the new effort is the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an activist group whose leaders want Obama issue an executive order to force the Pentagon to ban immediately discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (code for transsexuals, cross-dressers, drag queens, and she-males).
The group wants the same “rights” for individuals who have mental disturbances known as a Gender Identity Disorder (GID) or Transvestic Fetishism – both listed as mental illnesses in the APA’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders” (DSM-IV-R).
LGBT activists on college campuses across the U.S. also are attacking the military and the ROTC for banning of transgendered and intersexed individuals from service.
Sandra Y.L. Korn, one of the editors of the “Harvard Crimson,” complained that even though Congress voted to repeal the 1993 law banning homosexuals from serving openly, the military still bans “intersex” individuals and those with a differing gender identity.
An “intersex” person was formerly known as a hermaphrodite – with ambiguous sex organs. According to Korn, “Discrimination against a small minority is still discrimination.”
At Columbia University, the student senate recently convened a Task Force on Military Engagement to discuss Columbia’s relationship with the military and the ROTC.
On the first day of several task force discussions, Sophomore Janine Balekdjian complained that Columbia should not permit the ROTC back on campus because the military still allegedly violates the university’s non-discrimination policy on gender identity.
“Even though DADT has been repealed, the transgender individuals still can’t serve in the military as per military policy, and the same people [can’t] participate in ROTC. That still, to my understanding, violates the university’s discrimination policy because gender identity is a protected category.”
On the second day of the Columbia task force discussions, a wounded Iraq veteran named Anthony Maschek, took the stage to defend the military and to warn the students that there are enemies out there who hate them and want to kill them.
The Columbia students laughed at him, jeered and called him a racist for defending the military and the ROTC.
According to Queer Liberation President Alok Vaid-Menon, “Now, more than ever, is the time for college students across the country to take a stand and organize against transgender discrimination, an issue that has been historically ignored by the mainstream gay rights agenda.”
What’s Next: An intersexed/transgendered army?
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, believes that the introduction of openly serving “gays” and lesbians will cause disruptions and morale problems in the Armed Forces. However, the introduction of so-called transgendered and intersexed persons into the military could be as much, if not more, disruptive.
Donnelly recently sent a list of proposed questions to members of the House Armed Services Committee over repeal of the 1993 law – including how will the military deal with transgendered soldiers. She wants the House committee chairman to direct these questions to Pentagon officials when the committee holds hearings on the repeal of the law which bans homosexuals from serving openly in the military. No such hearing is yet scheduled.
Donnelly notes that the 1993 law has not yet been officially repealed. The president, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen all must certify that the repeal will not harm military readiness before the 1993 law is eliminated. But, they are all committed to repeal.
According to Donnelly, the House Committee members are the ones who will be tasked with “writing inquiries to the Pentagon and I’m hoping that the Pentagon will provide answers in a timely way. It doesn’t look like they will, though.”
Confusion has existed for years over the DADT policy and the actual 1993 law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton.
Donnelly explained the difference between DADT and the 1993 law, “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was imposed administratively by Bill Clinton shortly after he signed the actual law. He came out with these regulations that confused the meaning of the law itself,” she said.
The 1993 law banned homosexuals from serving in the military. The muddled DADT policy imposed on the military by Clinton said homosexuals could serve if they didn’t tell anyone about their chosen sexual lifestyle. His DADT policy violated both the spirit and intent of the law.
In her document sent to the House Armed Services Committee, Donnelly included a series of questions – not only on homosexuals serving in the military – but also on what impact transgenders will have if they are permitted to serve in the military. On the subject, she is asking:
- Q: Will recruiters be required to induct transgendered persons or individuals who desire “gender reassignment” treatment and surgery? If not, what would the rationale be?
- Q: What will the Defense Department policy be with regard to uniform differences, exceptions, or alterations for men transitioning to female appearance and women transitioning to male appearance?
- Q: What will the Defense Department policy be with regard to military medical services and medications for transgendered personnel, to include hormone treatments and surgery to change sexual appearance and identity for personnel seeking gender “re-assignment?”
- Q: What is the estimated annual cost of providing such services to transgendered personnel and those seeking gender “re-assignment?”
- Q: What will the Defense Department policy be with regard to the housing of transgendered biological males living with females, and vice versa?
- Q: Will a man who shows up for duty in a regulation female uniform, or a woman in a man’s uniform, be considered appropriately dressed? What would be the rationale for denying that opportunity on an equal basis to male and female cross-dressers or transgenders?
- Q: Will the military services allow a man to wear only approved male garb on-base, but female dress off-base? If so, how does this affect the principle that military regulations apply both on-base and off-base, 24/7?
- Q: Will the military services allow LGBT individuals or couples to participate in social events dressed in ways that reflect their sexuality, in the same way that women dress to please men?
Other legitimate questions must be asked as well. How will the military deal with showers and restroom facilities for individuals who believe they are the opposite sex – or who are in so-called “transition” from male to female or female to male? How will male soldiers, sailors and marines handle a woman who has had her breasts surgically removed taking a shower with them? Will female soldiers, sailors and marines want to shower with a man who has had his sex organ removed and is taking hormone injections to enlarge his breasts?
Will the military be faced with inducting gender confused individuals who wish to have the American taxpayer fund their sex change operations?
Worse yet, how will the military deal with she-males – individuals who deliberately undergo only a partial sexual reassignment? These are typically males who keep their sex organs, but take hormone injections to enlarge their breasts.
The U.S. Air Force reports it already has started training programs for Air Force personnel on how to deal with open homosexuality. The training for the rest of the service branches begins on March 1.
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